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Kraft Heinz's fourth-quarter net dollar sales grew 10%, and the company projects 2023's organic sales to increase 4% to 6% year over year with no additional pricing action planned for North America, Europe, Latin America and much of Asia this year, said CEO Miguel Patricio.
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Existing regulations from USDA-FSIS require that all facilities that grind beef maintain records regarding the source materials. Records must also indicate cleaning and sanitation practices. Although this rule has been around for more than seven years, FSIS still finds retailers that are not aware of the requirements or that have not implemented them correctly. Learn more here.
As a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, there will be a new Summer EBT program, along with changes to SNAP benefits.. The SNAP emergency allotments (EAs) will end nationwide after the February 2023 benefit month, though in Missouri SNAP emergency allotment ended December 31, 2022. That means in March 2023, SNAP benefit amounts will be returning to normal for all SNAP households. Under the new guidance, states are not allowed to issue EA benefits for a phase-out month after benefit month February 2023, which was in previous guidance when EAs were to end after the public health emergency expires. This will be an impactful change for many SNAP households in those states still issuing EAs that will see their benefits dropping by $95 or more in some cases. Please read the SNAP benefit Changes 2023 FAQs for more information about the changes, which includes both SNAP and Social Security benefit changes.
Guidance for the Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) program, which will be a permanent, nationwide program, is still under development. FMI is reaching out to USDA to learn more information about when the program will start, if states will have to apply or if the benefits will be automatic and eligibility guidelines for children. USDA has repurposed a landing page for the SEBTC program which currently contains information from the 2018/2019 demonstration pilots, however it appears that this is where the new program information will be posted when available. Once we have additional clarity on this program, we will send out the information.
As nationwide staffing shortages and labor challenges impede retailers, Schnucks reports year-over-year growth in its number of employees thanks, in part, to a new flexible employment option.
Lawmakers reconvened in Jefferson City on Wednesday for the start of the 2023 legislative session. This year's agenda includes a renewed effort to legalize sports betting in the state and a push to raise starting pay for teachers. Also, Missouri's $6 billion budget surplus has new House Speaker Dean Plocher eyeing additional tax cuts. Plocher has not outlined a specific plan, but he sees more room to slash income, sales or personal property tax rates following nearly $800 million in cuts approved by lawmakers in September.
In a 10-minute speech in the Senate, new President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, asked members to consider their place in history and to reject the factional splits that undermined the chamber’s work in 2022.
In anticipation of FDA's publication of the Food Traceability Final Rule (FSMA Section 204), our partners at FMI will be hosting a digital seminar on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2:00 PM ET to discuss the elements in the final rule, review what has changed and begin the discussion about regulation implementation. We welcome attendees to register to join the discussion. The digital seminar will be recorded and available in the FMI archives after the event. Register here.
The rule aims to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods the FDA has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List (FTL). Specifically, the rule requires these entities to establish and maintain records containing Key Data Elements (KDEs) associated with different Critical Tracking Events (CTEs). The compliance date for all persons subject to the recordkeeping requirements is Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2026.
The alternative formula options will now be available until at least December 31, 2022.
The Temporary Formula Alternatives 10-20 reflect the updated end date. No changes were made to the alternative formula options. Please consider providing a copy of the chart to cashiers at checkout lanes and customer service desks. Remember to discard all previous charts as they will not be accurate on October 19.
Please direct WIC retailer questions to MOWICVendorGroup@health.mo.gov.
Brandi Turnbough WIC Retailer Manager Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Effective October 1, 2022 retailers will no longer be permitted to exchange Abbott brand formula included in the recall that was purchased with WIC benefits as participants should no longer have recalled product on hand to exchange.
The alternative formula options will now be available until at least October 31, 2022.
The Temporary Formula Alternatives 8-25 reflect the updated end date. No changes were made to the alternative formula options. Please consider providing a copy of the chart to cashiers at checkout lanes and customer service desks. Remember to discard all previous charts as they will not be accurate on August 25.
To clarify, please note that retailers shall continue to allow WIC customers the ability to exchange defective, spoiled, or expired formula for the identical item purchased.
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